Tang experienced his first extreme violent incident at the
age of 7, in Cricklewood, London. He saw a young boy smash a glass
bottle into the face of another 8 year old, causing blindness to
one eye. This was a rude awakening of how vicious some social misfits
Tang was a victim of a knife attack at the age of 12. An
armed youth at the Shepherds Bush Market, London, held a knife to
Wai-Po's back and demanded money. The streetwise Wai-Po gave the
money and maintained safety.
experiences were a couple of many, and it had a profound effect.
It had made him felt the need to protect his integrity, freedom,
human rights, and instilled a cardinal trait of resolute attitude.
These social learning states had established the
desire for realistic resolution.
Wai-Po uptook Kung Fu training at an earlier age of 7, he found
that applying the skills were difficult. Hence he spent over six
months just training on the 'so-called' correct stance. As an
inquisitive child, he questioned his instructor (his brother) on
how such a traditional method of training can be translated or applied
in a real fight. This was the beginning of Master Wai-Po Tang's
path to search for the truth.
seeking for enlightenment, Master Tang was subjected to many
racial conflicts. His cardinal trait was a determined one, hence,
he stood for his principles and fought for his rights. Thus, he
incurred mental and physical injuries along the way; and won some
battles and backed off some too.
emergence of the great 'Bruce
Lee' in the 70's
was percieved as the symbolic icon of 'revolt against prejudices'.
An imagery that gave Wai-Po asipiration find solutions and be reckoned
with. This perception propelled Wai-Po to work extremely hard toward
his needs. more